The sleek new courthouse is partially open for business, but the festivities are muted due to the embarrassing, seemingly patchwork ramp that connects the North Wing to the new addition. The long hallway has already caught the attention of the Sun Sentinel and ADA attorney Matthew Dietz, who is on record stating the ramp’s angle is steeper than Federal standards allow. As one courthouse regular puts it, even if the slope is legal, it’s definitely not accident or lawsuit proof.
Today we shot a couple videos with APD Azim Ramelize to show just how fast the ride down is, and how straining the climb back up will be for folks in wheelchairs. Video Number One is here, and Video Number Two, wherein Azim discusses some of the other problems in the existing courthouses facing disabled folks, is found here.
Let’s hope Peter Weinstein, who has made the new courthouse his number one priority, addresses all of the issues immediately, and doesn’t leave them for the new chief judge to solve … *
* The CJ election is February 1st. Early voting is currently underway. Jack Tuter, Fred Horowitz, and Carlos Rodriguez are the candidates. The new boss takes over in July …